1 oz. extra virgin coconut oil 1 oz. shea butter 1 oz. jojoba oil 1/2 oz. sesame oil 1/2 oz. castor oil 1 oz. beeswax 1/2 tsp. tea tree oil 44 drops Lugol's solution of iodine
Fill a pot with water 4-5" high, place on stove over medium heat. Put 1 oz. shea butter & 1 oz. coconut oil in heatproof measuring cup. Place in water bath and stir with chopstick till melted. Remove from heat. Add castor oil & jojoba oil till volume reaches 4 oz. mark. Add beeswax till volume reaches 5 oz. mark and return to heat. Heat and stir until the beeswax is melted. Add tea tree oil. Remove from heat and add 44 drops Lugol's. Stir very quickly to disperse in oil, this salve begins to thicken quite quickly. Decant into wide-mouth glass jar. Cover and refrigerate until set.
I've already used some on my hands, it's very soothing, not greasy at all and soaks in quickly. Very mild scent that does not linger...
EDITED: I woke up in the middle of the night last night and realized that I unecessarily complicated this recipe. What I SHOULD have done was measure out the liquid oils(jojoba, sesame & castor) oils first, THEN added the solid oils(coconut & shea) Easier to measure that way rather than measuring the solids first! *doh* THEN put the measuring cup in the hot water bath, melted the coconut & shea, Then add the beeswax...OR, I spoze you could even add the coconut, shea & beeswax all at once! and THEN add the tea tree, remove from heat, add the Lugol's & stir like mad:) ...hehehe...*blush*
I will leave the original recipe intact as a testament to my...ummm... :)
COCONUT OIL- has a cooling property, which lends itself to sun products and burn remedies. It is a very nourishing and non-greasy oil, and smells delightful! :)*
SHEA BUTTER- is very therapeutic, helping to heal cracked, aged or damaged skin. It contains some UV protection, approx. SPF-6. It contains chemical constituents which help to heal bruising and soreness.*
JOJOBA OIL- can act as a second skin, providing protection and emmoliancy while still allowing the skin to breathe. Extensively used in products for dry, aged & damaged skin.*
SESAME OIL- contains natural sunscreen properties, and has a warming property. In Ayurevedic tradition, sesame oil is used for poor circulation and nervous skin problems.*
BEESWAX- is a thickener and emulsifier. Very sweet-smelling, accept no substitutes!
TEA TREE OIL- a strong antifungal and antiseptic, also useful in acne and infected skin preparations. It has a clean, spicey, yet medicinal aroma.*
LUGOL'S SOLUTION OF IODINE- "Iodine applied on the skin can be used to shrink swelling of the thyroid gland (goiters). So even small amounts of iodine absorbed through the skin can have good effects on body organs. From my own clinical experience, repeated application of iodine (Lugol’s) to the skin appears to cause regeneration of the skin from the bottom up (Quiescent, stable or stem cell) (3) eventually sloughing the old version of the skin off like a snake molting. If there was a pre-cancerous lesion on the old skin, it is replaced with new skin minus the lesion. There does not seem to be any skin lesions which are not helped or cured by this procedure. In some cases I found clinically obvious low thyroid conditions also needed to be treated to be more effective. Minor lacerations and healing of surgical wounds respond well. If skin regeneration is from the bottom, then there is little or no scar formation.
My parents’ generation tended to put tincture of iodine onto a fresh wound to prevent infection. This turns out to be helpful but not the best way to use it. Besides it stung badly when applied. It is much more effective (and doesn't hurt) to apply iodine repeatedly after a scab has been formed. The iodine put onto the scab helps to organize total repair of the tissue. It is implied a similar approach could be taken to burns of all depths but at the same time the physiology of burns suggest there is an acute lack of thyroid hormone. (3)
All pre-malignant lesions and many other oddities of the skin appear to respond to this regeneration process triggered by topical iodine. I have mentioned previously a patient with a biopsy-proven Breast Cancer lesion (she refused surgery because of previous cancer treatment) that was strongly fixed to the skin responding well to topical iodine and ended up being a dimple on the breast three year later. (6)
It is my belief a water solution of iodine (like Lugol's) is an important therapeutic agent for skin. Because of its effectiveness and the results, perhaps many skin diseases are related to local tissue areas of relative iodine deficiency. Perhaps the most graphic lesions are the "keloid" (worm) incision scars formed after surgical procedures. If the iodine intake and tissue levels are adequate, such as in Japan, keloid formation doesn't happen (7). In addition, iodine's ability to trigger natural cell death (apoptosis) (5) makes it effective against all pre-cancerous skin lesions and likely many cancerous lesions. The local site is replaced with normal skin. However, even lesser doses of topical iodine seem to reverse the ominous appearance of skin lesions. Because my older brother died of metastatic melanoma, my chances of getting a malignant melanoma are increased by 400 times. (8-9) Having grown up in Venezuela near the equator my sun exposure at a young age was far above normal. So all suspicious lesions I notice are returned to normal with topical Lugol's."
Well, there ya have it peeps! I think that this salve will sooth your lovely skins and your loving souls... :) I'm gonna give it a test run, so to speak, whilst skiing tomorrow. This is version 1.0...next version...more I-O-DINE!!!!!
*descriptions of ingredients lifted in part or whole from "Earthly Bodies and Heavenly Hair" by Dina Falconi.